Definition of icefall
1 : a frozen waterfall
2 : the mass of usually jagged blocks into which a glacier may break when it moves down a steep declivity
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In 2014, the year an avalanche swept through Everest’s Khumbu icefall, there were 16 deaths.
Atop K2’s near-vertical slopes, glacial icefalls dislodge car-size hunks of ice.
However, these proposals present an economic conundrum for Sherpas, whose wages could be reduced because they are paid, in part, per trip through the icefall, according to Jennifer Peedom, director of the 2015 documentary Sherpa.
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